Jack Anderson specialises in all areas of public law including education, immigration, healthcare, social care and local government law.
Jack's clients cover the full gambit of public law, from central and local government to vulnerable adults. Given this range he has appeared before many civil courts and tribunals: the First Tier Tribunal (Asylum & Immigration Tribunal, Care Standards Tribunal, Mental Health Review Tribunal, Social Security Tribunal, SENDIST), SIAC, Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals and Immigration and Asylum Chambers) , Planning Inspectorate, Licensing Sub-committees, County Court, Magistrates Court, Crown Court, Court of Protection, High Court (QBD, Administrative Court, Family and Chancery Divisions) and Court of Appeal.
Areas of expertise
Administrative and Public
Court of Protection, Serious Medical Treatment and Mental Health
Jack is experienced in relation to both property and financial affairs and health and welfare applications in the Court of Protection. He appears regularly for local authorities, health bodies, and individuals in relation to a variety of issues including enduring and lasting powers of attorney, deputyship, best interests decision-making, including serious medical treatment, and contempt proceedings arising from a failure to comply with the court's orders. He is instructed in safeguarding proceedings including matters involving complex disputes of fact as well as best interests considerations. Reported cases include Hospital Trust v V  EWCOP 20;  C.O.P.L.R. 56 (in which he acted for the successful health authority in a leading case on non-therapeutic contraception) and Secretary of State for the Home Department v Skripal  EWCOP 6 (led by Vikram Sachdeva QC). He has experience of cases with a cross-border element and of seeking urgent relief.
Jack has also appeared in complex appeals in the Mental Health Review Tribunal, as well as on appeal. Clients have included individuals, statutory bodies and the Department of Health. Reported cases include AMA v Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and others  UKUT 36 (AAC); YA v Central and North West London NHS Trust  UKUT 37 (AAC);  M.H.L.R. 144; DL-H v West London Mental Health Trust and Secretary of State for Justice  UKUT 387
"Really impressive in the way he conducts himself. He's very sharp and gets the legal points." Chambers and Partners 2015
Jack advises and acts for parents, schools and local authorities in relation to a wide range of issues that arise in the context of education and has also been instructed by Ofsted and the Department for Education. Jack appears before the First Tier Tribunal (SENDIST) in relation to both statements of special educational needs and claims of disability discrimination, and in the Upper Tribunal. He has also clerked for Independent School Admission Appeal Panels and acted for both parents and schools in relation to exclusion appeals including appeals that raise issues of disability discrimination. He has advised on issues of school organisation and school transport including challenges to school transport policy. He also acts in the Administrative Court in education matters including exclusions, school transport, provision section 19 of the Education Act 1996, challenges to Ofsted inspections and disciplinary appeals. Reported cases include M v Harrow LBC  UKUT 395 (AAC); R (on the application of a local authority) v The Independent Appeal Panel of the local authority  EWHC 3151 (Admin); Devon CC v OH  UKUT 292 (AAC);  E.L.R. 377; KE v Lancashire CC  UKUT 468 (AAC);  E.L.R. 196. He was recently led by Rory Dunlop on behalf of the Department for Education in resisting an Article 14, ECHR challenge to the Childcare (Early Years Provision Free of Charge)(Extended Entitlement) Regulations 2016: R (T) v SSE  EWHC 2582.
He has delivered training and seminars on education law including school admissions and exclusions, special educational needs and the law on home education. He contributed to the third edition of McManus, Education and the Courts (Jordans, 2012) and, with Ben Tankel, is the author of Atkins Court Forms on Education. In a private capacity, he has been involved in establishing a free school and acted as a school governor, in which capacity he was responsible for considering revisions to school policies, and chairing disciplinary and grievance proceedings amongst other things.
Jack has acted for both individuals and central government in relation to immigration matters, appeals and claims for judicial review, as well as claims for false imprisonment arising in the context of immigration detention. His immigration work has often involved complex questions of general public law and EU law.
Reported cases include R (on the application of G (Afghanistan) v SSHD  EWHC 3185 (Admin) (false imprisonment; age assessments); R (on the application of Abdulkadir) v SSHD  EWHC 1504 (Admin) (returns to Austria; requirements of the Dublin III Regulation, led by Alan Payne); R (on the application of JM (Zimbabwe) v SSHD  EWHC 1773 (Admin);  1 W.L.R. 268 (false imprisonment; s 35 Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc Act 2004); R (Lauzikas) v SSHD  EWHC 3215 (Admin);  1 W.L.R. 1683 (first instance; lawfulness of imposition of a work restriction); R (on the application of A) v SSHD  EWHC 1233 (Admin) (birth certificates as proof of paternity in connection with citizenship); P v Home Office  EWHC 663 (QB);  1 W.L.R. 3189 (abuse of process; limitation); Liban v SSHD  EWHC 2551 (Admin) (lawfulness of certification); R (on the application of Lauzikas) v SSHD  EWHC 1045 (Admin);  1 W.L.R. 5299;  4 All E.R. 141;  5 WLUK 91;  3 C.M.L.R. 31;  A.C.D. 64 (false imprisonment; Article 27 of the Citizens Directive; effect of unlawful immigration decision on detention); R (Basir) v SSHD EWCA Civ 2612;  11 WLUK 371
Jack has advised and acted for both regulated entities and regulators in the fields of education, health and social care and in respect of both appeals and claims for judicial review. He is experienced in advising at short notice and seeking urgent interim relief. He understands the importance of seeking to achieve a practical resolution in such cases and that this may not always necessitate litigation. His work in this area has included work in relation to teacher misconduct, student misconduct, Ofsted inspections and inspections by the CQC of both social care and health settings. Reported cases include R (on the application of Babylon Healthcare Ltd) v Care Quality Commission (led by Fenella Morris Q.C.)  EWHC 3436 (Admin); 2017 WL 06886295. He is a contributor to Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings (Lexis Nexis, 8th and 9th Editions (9th Edition, 2017).
“He’s very sensible and a good advocate who knows a lot about local government work.” Chambers & Partners 2019
Jack’s experience across the broad field of local government is recognised in Chambers and Partners (2017 and 2018). Aside from his work in the fields of education and Court of Protection, he regularly advises both claimants and defendants in the context of judicial review of community care decisions. He also acts in relation to housing, including both appeals and judicial review. Jack has also advised on questions of election law including advising returning officers and advising in relation to election petitions. Other miscellaneous matters include misconduct proceedings in relation to elected officials, the procedural fairness of committee decision making, the disposal of local authority land (R (on the application of London Jewish Girls High School) v Barnet  EWHC 523;  P.T.S.R. 1357;  2 WLUK 516;  B.L.G.R. 387. He appears before licensing sub-committees and in the Magistrates Court in licensing appeals including licensing reviews and applications. He is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Local Government Bulletin and an author of the second edition of Anti-Social Behaviour Law (Jordans, 2011).
Jack is on the Attorney General’s B Panel of counsel. He has acted for central government departments including the Home Office, Department of Health and Social Care, Department for Education, and the Ministry of Justice.
Jack has a wide range of experience in the health care sector. Clients include CCGs, NHS Trusts, individuals, health care providers and the Department of Health. His Court of Protection practice includes cases concerned with healthcare and serious medical treatment (e.g. Skripal; Miss V) as well as personal welfare decisions in the context of continuing healthcare funding. His experience in connection with the MHA 1983 includes advice and representation in the MHRT and Upper Tribunal. His regulatory practice includes challenges to CQC decision making on behalf of patients and providers. He is also experienced in relation to disputes over eligibility for continuing healthcare funding and ordinary residence. He has also acted in connection with other public law challenges in the healthcare context including challenges in relation to consultation and closure of facilities and the imposition of charges for healthcare.